To Otho H. Williams
20 April 1791.
The remarks you propose to make upon the coasting law1 will be very acceptable, as the new bill2 stands postponed ‘till the next Session of Congress. I shall at all times wish for such observations as may occur to the Collectors on the Subject of the Revenue & Trade laws.
I am of opinion that a consular certificate will not justify you, in paying a drawback.
The Agents for Mr. Stephen Zacharie3 were put into the way of procuring a legal bill of sale for the Brigantine Hope, as I presume you were informed by them.
I am, sir, Your Obedt. Servant.
Otho H Williams Esqr.
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1. “An Act for Registering and Clearing Vessels, Regulating the Coasting Trade, and for other purposes” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 55–65 [September 1, 1789]).